Claire Messud Quotes

Claire Messud Quotes: If you're reading to find friends, you're in deep trouble. We read to find life, in all its possibilities. The relevant question isn't 'Is this a potential friend for me?' but 'Is this character alive?'
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Claire Messud Quote: If you're reading to find friends, you're in deep trouble.
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Quotes about Claire Messud: The apartment was entirely, was only, for her: a wall of books, both read and unread, all of them dear to her not only in themselves, their tender spines, but in the moments or periods they evoked... Her self, then, was represented in her books; her times in her records; and the rest of the room she thought of as a pure, blank slate.
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Quote about Claire Messud: The professor husband of a friend of mine has likened children to the insane. I often think of it. He says that children live on the edge of madness, that their behavior, apparently unmotivated, shares the same dream logic as crazy people's. I see what he means, and because I've learned to be patient with children, to tease out the logic that's always somewhere there, and irrefutable once explained,
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Claire Messud Sayings: Maybe that, really, is as good a definition as any of an artist in the world: a ruthless person.
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